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Orbit Community Heroes

Orbit Community Heroes

The Thriving Communities Awards are all about recognising great achievements in delivering our aim to build thriving communities. This is your chance to recognise a customer, community group or known supply chain partner who has made a difference. Have your say on who will be this year’s winner - read their stories and choose your favourite. The winners will receive prizes up to a value of £1,000. Voting closes on Sunday 2 August so make sure to submit your entry before the deadline!

The winner will be announced on this page, live, on Friday 14 August.

Have a look at last year’s video for some inspiration on what these awards are all about.

This year’s award categories:

Brian Griffiths' Award

This category is for customers who have transformed their lives and exceeded all expectations - we have been truly inspired by all of the entries. They are in with the chance to win up to £1,000 - this funding can support learning experiences, self-employment planning and other personal or business development opportunities.

Now, they need your vote!

Better Days Award

We received a number of incredibly inspiring entries this year, as one would expect, as this category recognises a community group or individual, who has shown outstanding passion and enthusiasm, through development of local services that have supported Orbit customers to thrive. Nominated customers and community groups are in with the chance to win up to £1,000 – this funding can support continuation of the positive work going on in the community.

Now, they need your vote!

Stronger Together Award

This is the second year we have run this award, recognising a supply chain partner who has delivered a community project that has made an impact on both an Orbit community and the lives of customers living within it. Our partners are in with the chance to win up to £1,000, a deluxe hamper for the winning team, and the prestige of being our supply chain partner of the year!

Now, they need your vote!

Mark Hoyland, Group Chief Executive at Orbit said: “While many award ceremonies have been cancelled due to the pandemic, we felt it more important than ever to recognise our community heroes. Orbit leads in building thriving communities and we are delighted to share these inspirational stories and to ask the public to vote for their favourites.

The situations and stories from our communities are often extraordinary and not told. The positive influence our nominees have; the difficulties they have overcome; and most of all the outstanding achievements and difference they have made; not just to themselves but to those around them.

We want to shine the spotlight on the amazing people, charities, social enterprises, and businesses that live our values and make the world a better place, especially in current circumstances. Simply, it is to say well done and thank you. I wish the best of luck to all of our shortlisted nominees.”

If you have any questions, please email Betterdays@orbit.org.uk